Tourney Odds (11/09/15)

By John Ewing Director of Research and Analytics @johnewing
Odds to win the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Odds courtesy of

The road to the Final Four begins Friday. Before the college hoops season tips off we check in on the odds to win the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.

Surprise, Kentucky is still good!

The Wildcats lost seven players to the draft last season but are still the No. 1 team in our Power Rankings and the early favorites (7/1) to cut down the nets in Houston.

Could the ACC have three No. 1 seeds when March Madness rolls around? Duke (17/2), North Carolina (10/1) and Virginia (18/1) all have top ten odds to win the title and are all top ten in our rankings.

SMU is one of the best teams in the country (No. 13) but the Mustangs are banned from the postseason and Larry Brown is suspended nine games for academic fraud.

Speaking of misconduct, Louisville and Notre Dame have been in the news lately. The Cardinals (No. 19) and Irish (No. 14) are legit top 25 programs that are greater than 50/1 to win the tournament.

Maryland (10/1), Michigan State (20/1) and Cal (22/1) are all getting love from the bookmakers with top ten title chances, but according to our rankings each team has inflated lines.

If you are looking for value, based on our preseason rankings, Virginia (18/1), Oklahoma (40/1) and Utah (75/1) aren't being shown the respect they deserve.

Below are teams with 100/1 or better odds to win it all, additional odds can be found at

Team Odds
Kentucky 7/1
Duke 17/2
Maryland 10/1
North Carolina 10/1
Kansas 10/1
Virginia 18/1
Michigan State 20/1
California 22/1
Villanova 25/1
Wichita State 25/1
Gonzaga 25/1
Arizona 25/1
UConn 25/1
Michigan 33/1
Iowa State 33/1
Indiana 33/1
Oklahoma 40/1
Purdue 40/1
Texas 50/1
LSU 50/1
Louisville 50/1
Syracuse 66/1
Florida State 66/1
Notre Dame 66/1
Georgetown 66/1
Butler 75/1
Ohio State 75/1
Utah 75/1
Baylor 100/1
Texas A&M 100/1
Dayton 100/1
Arizona State 100/1
Cincinnati 100/1
Florida 100/1
Georgia 100/1
Iowa 100/1
Miami (FL) 100/1
Oregon 100/1
Providence 100/1
San Diego State 100/1
UCLA 100/1
Vanderbilt 100/1
West Virginia 100/1